4. Bristol Palin
Before "Dancing with the Stars," teen mom Bristol Palin was known mostly as a cautionary tale and political liability for her mother, Sarah Palin, former vice presidential nominee and governor of Alaska. But on the show, Bristol earned praise for her down-to-earth demeanor and lack of Hollywood polish, riding a wave of voter popularity all the way to the finals of the show's 11th season. She took third place. Since Dancing with the Stars, she’s released a book, moved to Los Angeles, and begun filming a reality show for the BIO channel.